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Get rid of pet fur on clothes

By on August 9, 2012


Dear Sara: How do I deal with pet hair on line-dried clothes? — Chrissy, Florida

Dear Chrissy:

Bring the clothes inside after line-drying and put them in your dryer on tumble or low heat with a dryer sheet for a few minutes to remove any pet hair (you can cut the dryer sheet in half and reuse it a few times for laundry, then reuse it for household dusting). Or hang them on a windy day. Brush your pet daily, and vacuum and sweep often. Use a lint brush or shake clothing to remove fur prior to laundering, too. A fellow reader, Karen, adds this advice for furry furniture: “I have used a synthetic sponge, barely damp, and dragged it across the “grain” of my furniture’s fabric to remove pet hair. You can also use the kind of rubber gloves you would wear for washing the dishes. Dampen them lightly, then rub them firmly across sofa. The hair sticks nicely to the gloves.”

Dear Sara:

I read your column suggesting a couple of summer reading books for kids. What was your favorite book when you were that age, and would you recommend it for kids today? How do you feel about the Little House books? — Lori J., Illinois

Dear Lori:

While I like the Little House books, they weren’t my favorite as a child. I was (and still am) a huge fan of the Trixie Belden series. In fact, I just bought my 9-year-old daughter the first book. I had the entire series as a child, and I have such fond memories of my mom and grandmother buying them for me. I remember finding a few at a thrift store, too. I’d like to piece together the series for my daughter. They’ve become quite collectible; I see them being auctioned on eBay for quite a chunk of change. But to answer your question: Yes, I would recommend my old childhood favorite books for kids today. I’m not THAT old, right?

Dear Sara:

Do you have any ideas to reuse plastic milk jugs? — Linda F., Ohio

Dear Linda:

I’m saving a few to make Christmas snowmen ( and Halloween ghosts ( Simply decorate eight or so milk jugs (permanent marker works for the ghost faces), cut a small hole in the back of each jug, place a few lights into each jug and line up the jugs in a row. I’ve also mentioned numerous ways to reuse milk jugs in a previous column. Visit for more suggestions.

Dear Sara:

We’re going on vacation soon in a nearby coastal town. We’ll be traveling 180 miles, making it a 3.5- to 4-hour trip. We’re thinking of stopping at the halfway point to buy KFC chicken in two or three buckets to use for an easy dinner on our first night, after traveling and getting settled in. Will the chicken be OK sitting in the buckets for a few hours, or should it be put in a cooler? The other thought was to buy the chicken the night before, put it in the refrigerator and then transport it the next day in a cooler. — Greg and Theresa, email

Dear Greg and Theresa:

You should find a KFC closer to your destination if you don’t want to keep the chicken in a cooler. I wouldn’t transport it for longer than an hour before putting it in a cooler with ice. Buy it in the destination city, if possible, and refrigerate any leftovers.

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